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    Quote Originally Posted by printman71 View Post
    I am old enough to remember back when these guys played the game the way it was meant to be played.
    RIP after a life well lived.
    hear ya on that, and Al was so classy. When he got a big contract in the 60's which was like super low obviously compared to now, he thought it was too much, and tried to get less....lol
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    #22
    All Kaline was a Baltimorean and was always fondly remembered in the Baltimore Ares. He was a very smooth player with great skills and baseball smarts. IMO we wasn't appreciated quite as much as he probably should have, but maybe I'm biased.

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    I had the pleasure of getting his autograph when I was a kid! We were at a game at Tiger Stadium and walked by the elevator while leaving. When the door opened, there he was. He signed my program. I was so pumped. If I was to guess, it was ‘82 or ‘83.
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    When I was a kid most of the wood bats we could get a hold of were Al Kaline signed models... Before my time as a player but I knew the name... Being from a National League city we didn't even know the American League existed until playoff time... Dan
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    Sad news and even here in NH I had a Al Kaline wooden bat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Migs View Post
    I had the pleasure of getting his autograph when I was a kid! We were at a game at Tiger Stadium and walked by the elevator while leaving. When the door opened, there he was. He signed my program. I was so pumped. If I was to guess, it was ‘82 or ‘83.
    very cool!
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    #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Fx20 2011 View Post
    One of my first bats had his name on it.
    Mine too! RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fx20 2011 View Post
    One of my first bats had his name on it.
    All my bats in high school were Al Kaline signature. What a guy, not many can say they played in the major leagues at 18 and won a batting title at 20.

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    Here I thought you were talking about batteries
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    Al made his MLB debut at age 18. His first game was in late June of his high school senior year.

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    Not only did he take less on his new contract he took no raise at all. He told management he was making enough. Probably the last and only pro player to refuse a raise.

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    Yep was a great one and was playing before i was born in 1954. Remember him on the 5 pack of baseball cards with the bubble gum. He was clipped to many a spoke on bicycle tire in the 60's. He will be listed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by team houston View Post
    Not only did he take less on his new contract he took no raise at all. He told management he was making enough. Probably the last and only pro player to refuse a raise.
    that was my understanding as well from what my dad told me but I couldn't find verification....freaking so cool. what a great player and a man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluegill22 View Post
    very cool!
    Ditto!

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    Al Kaline was a true class act. When the Tigers would come to KC they would eat at my dad's restaurant. My dad got his autograph for me and told Al that he wished I was there to meet him. Al told my dad to bring me to gate just past the Tigers dugout the next night during batting practice. We went over there and Al loaded me up with a signed picture, bat, ball and hat. It was all I could do to say Thanks. Later in the game he saw me still wearing my A's cap and he pointed at it and laughed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCorona View Post
    Al Kaline was a true class act. When the Tigers would come to KC they would eat at my dad's restaurant. My dad got his autograph for me and told Al that he wished I was there to meet him. Al told my dad to bring me to gate just past the Tigers dugout the next night during batting practice. We went over there and Al loaded me up with a signed picture, bat, ball and hat. It was all I could do to say Thanks. Later in the game he saw me still wearing my A's cap and he pointed at it and laughed.
    yes he was and I'm glad you got to experience it! he was one of a kind!
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    I was born in Grand Rapids 1969. But I still have that 1968 world series game on LP Record.
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    I was born in Grand Rapids 1969. But I still have that 1968 world series game on LP Record.
    so cool. I was -1 years old at the time, lol.
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    Al and other Tigers did so much in 1967 and 1968 to try to heal Detroit after the riots. Him and Willie Horton were key in that role. I saw ol willie last summer i think in Bloomfield...
    Both great Detroiters. Both great Americans!
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    This is kind of overwhelming...I'm gonna call my dad and brothers...
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